Reporter Leeann Tweeden is being applauded Thursday after she decided to no longer conceal the secrets she’s had about Democratic Sen. Al Franken abusing her. She dropped a bombshell on Franken Thursday morning after she said he not only forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in Afghanistan in 2006 but he groped her as well while she was sleeping.
Franken responded on Thursday to say he doesn’t remember passionately kissing her before she shoved him away, but he said the photo of him grinning while putting his hands on her breasts as she slept was real. He deeply apologized for it and volunteered himself to be the subject of an ethics investigation.
Tweeden just held a press conference to address the accusations and answer questions from the media.
According to Fox News, Tweeden said she was especially upset that Franken “just thought he could get away with it and that it was okay and that it was 'funny.' Is it funny if he does that to your sister or your daughter or your wife? He knew exactly what he did to me then, and that picture was out there."
Asked if she would accept Franken’s apology and if she thinks he should resign, she replied, “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t accept his apology. I wasn’t looking for anything. People make mistakes. The ethics investigation, if that’s what Mitch McConnell wants to do, that’s on them. I’m not demanding that.”
She said her purpose was to expose the sexual harassment culture in Hollywood and in politics. She said abuse also frequently happens to women who “have no power and no say to speak up” in other places in America.
“I was afraid to speak out 11 years ago,” she said, explaining that she was advised by those around her to stay silent and not risk having her budding news career destroyed. "I'm doing it now because it's different, there's strength in numbers."
“I’m not calling for him to step down. That’s not my place to say that,” she continued, indicating that maybe he should step down if other women come out to accuse Franken as well.
She did add, "I've gotten a phone call from a woman that has — I've only gotten a message that said something similar has happened to her."
Conservative commentator Melanie Morgan said she is ready to accuse Franken as well:
Watch the full press conference below (Editor's note: The audio is a little off):
Do you think Franken should step down immediately? Read his apology statements to Tweeden.